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Apr 12, 2001

Rather than a mini-LED display being limited to just the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple plans to make the new display technology also available on the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro next year, according to well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In an investor note obtained by MacRumors today, Kuo said that alongside a new MacBook Air equipped with a mini-LED display next year, Apple is also planning to bring the display technology to both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple first debuted a mini-LED display this past April in the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the updated 11-inch iPad Pro did not receive the new display technology.

Despite both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros being just recently updated, we already know some information about what Apple has planned for next year. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is testing using a glass back rather than an aluminum enclosure for the next release of the iPad Pro, which could enable wireless charging for the iPad. Additionally, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also reports that Apple is exploring the possibility of iPads with displays larger than 12.9-inches, but those shouldn't be expected anytime soon.

Article Link: Kuo: 2022 11-Inch iPad Pro to Feature Mini-LED Display, Not Just 12.9-Inch Model
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macrumors 68030
Sep 1, 2010
California, USA
I am surprised that the mini-LED tech will be coming to the MBA! Ever since the 12.9-inch iPad Pro got Mini-LED, it was obvious the 11.0-inch iPad Pro would also get the new display tech. I think the 11-inch iPad Pro will be the ultimate consumption device, in terms of portability and screen real estate. HDR + Spatial Audio on the 11-inch iPad Pro? Oof....the ultimate portable entertainment machine IMHO...Disney+ and Apple TV+ will be highly engrossing, I think, on this device, once it gets the Mini-LED tech, I think. LED is good, but Mini-LED is better. Can't wait.

My guess? Holiday 2022, it won't be released in Spring 2022.


Aug 17, 2016
When will Apple release this in 2022? Around April or like October? I think probably October, right?

If they release this when I am about to graduate, I won’t bother.
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macrumors 68040
Aug 6, 2015
Thankfully apple still sticks to their plan to relegate OLED to lower cost devices (and iPhones) and push miniLED and eventually microLED to more professional devices. OLED is going to be phased out eventually.

We are in a screen tech transitional stage right now, with micro-LED about 3-5 years away. If I had to choose between a mini-LED and an OLED screen today, I would gravitate strongly towards OLED, as Mini-LED’s current blooming would probably drive me nuts.

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macrumors 68040
Aug 6, 2015
A mini-LED on the 11” Pro was just a question of time and makes perfect sense, however that glass back panel on an iPad? What for? It will increase the weight of it quite a bit, will overheat the battery (if charged regularly with a wireless charger) and make it more fragile.


macrumors 6502
Jun 12, 2005
Essex, UK
Great news. I have had the 11” since launch and it’s fantastic, but yesterday got a 12.9 as well. Was cautious as I have the 1st gen 12.9 and it is indeed huge, however the reduction in size for the newer design really does make a huge difference. not even put it in the magic keyboard yet it’s such a good tablet


macrumors 68040
Feb 6, 2011
The 11” iPad Pro will always be one step behind the 12.9” in terms of features. It makes perfect sense for next 11” to step up to miniLED. But then again the 12.9” will move up to OLED.
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macrumors G4
Mar 27, 2017
The big takeaway from this report is that Apple isn't moving to OLED as some Korean reports have suggested. Those reports made no sense other than Korean news seeding rumours to support LG and Samsung OLED sales for obvious reasons. Kuo here basically confirms mini LED will remain Apple's top tier display tech for the next few years.
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